James T. Fields
To JAMES T. FIELDS
Wheeling, Va. Jan. 26 
Mr. James T. Fields
Your letter is kind, and gave me much pleasure. Although I prefer the present title of the article, I am perfectly willing you would select one more “taking”. What would you think of “Beyond?” I should like something suggestive of the subdued meaning of the story, but if you do not approve of that, how would “The Korl-Woman” do? I would be sure to read an article with that caption in the hope of discovering some new race,—of Hottentots, perhaps—. However, I shall be satisfied with your choice – whatever it may be.
I thank you for your encouragement. I have written but little, hitherto, and then anonymously; – principally, reviews of new books. A few verses and stories, impelled by the necessity or whim of the moment.
I would prefer when this article is published, my real name would not be given as a contributor. Is it necessary for me to go in search of a name or shall I need any? If it is not a trouble, will you be kind enough to tell me this before it is printed?
Meanwhile, permit me to remain
R. B. Harding
Received Jan 26, 1861, of Ticknor and Fields $50--
Rebecca B. Harding